John Legend has something to say to the people who think Felicity Huffman’s sentence is too short.
The “Desperate Housewives” alum was sentenced to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy and fraud in the college admissions scandal. Many people on social media were outraged about the short sentence and compared it to Tanya McDowell, a homeless woman of colour who was sent to jail for five years after using her babysitter’s address so her son could go to a better school.
Legend took to Twitter on Saturday to say that neither woman deserves prison time.
“I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of colour Y gets a long one. The answer isn’t for X to get more; it’s for both of them to get less (or even none!!!) We should level down not up.”
The singer went on to criticize America’s reliance on jails and prisons.
“Americans have become desensitized to how much we lock people up. Prisons and jails are not the answer to every bad thing everyone does, but we’ve come to use them to address nearly every societal ill,” he wrote. “It’s insane we locked a woman up for 5 years for sending her kid to the wrong school district. Literally, everyone involved in that decision should be ashamed of themselves.”